Dagestani Pilgrim Who Saved African Child Awarded Trip for Umrah

19 June

Aida Abdurakhmanova, a pilgrim from Dagestan who provided first aid to a one-year-old African child struggling to breathe due to the heat during Hajj, has been awarded a trip for Umrah (the minor pilgrimage). This was announced by the Hajj company "Marwa-tour."


"A pilgrim from Dagestan, affiliated with 'Marwa,' performed a heroic act on the holy lands. Aida Abdurakhmanova, an emergency doctor at Bezhtinsky Central District Hospital, saved a one-year-old child from Africa. The child was suffocating, and the mother and passing pilgrims could not help," the statement said.


Footage of the rescue was captured on video by a witness. According to Abdurakhmanova, she and other pilgrims were heading towards the Kaaba (the holiest site in Islam, located in the inner courtyard of the Masjid al-Haram).


"We saw a woman holding a child in her arms. The child was completely blue and suffocating. As a doctor, I couldn't stand by," Abdurakhmanova said in a video posted on the Hajj company's Telegram channel.


After the incident, Abdurakhmanova met with the company's CEO, Bulat Kurbanov. "As a token of gratitude for your act, and to show that we value it, we want to gift you a trip for Umrah," Kurbanov said.


About Hajj


According to AFP, citing diplomatic sources from unnamed Arab countries, at least 550 pilgrims from Islamic countries died in Saudi Arabia during Hajj due to the heat. It was specified that 323 of the deceased were Egyptian citizens. The Religious Board of Muslims (DUM) of the Russian Federation informed TASS that a pilgrim from Dagestan died of heart disease during Hajj in Saudi Arabia. This year's temperatures in Mecca during Hajj reached nearly 52 degrees Celsius.



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Based on materials from TASS